Sunday, 11 September 2011

Vivat Bacchus - on a quiet street near London Bridge.

Vivat Bacchus, London Bridge, is a bright, airy restaurant. The start to the meal was not impressive: Our waitress upsold us a bottle of wine (when we only ordered two glasses of South African Chardonnay)-& did not apologise. However, the manager resolved quickly (and did only charged us for the two glasses we ordered when we got the bill at the end). The leek & potato soup was lovely; though croutons arrived soggy in soup instead of served on the side. My friend's mentioned that her risotto with courgettes was good. Pork chop with sweet potato & pickled apples was nice, but the fat should have been rendered a bit more. My friend's Raspberry Eton Mess was reported to be good, & I had a lovely Creme Brulee with two crisp lang du chat on the side. Generally, pleasant waiting staff & reasonable food.

If you are around London Bridge and hungry, it is worth checking out as it has reasonable 2 & 3course menu prices.

Vivat Bacchus

4 Hayes Lane, London Bridge, SE1 2HB

Sunday, 4 September 2011

The Living Room - York

It may be part of a chain and full of slightly screechy women but it actually has very nice views of the river and the sunday roast is lovely with perfectly done meat (where they offer you the choice of pink or well done) and veg that hasn't been boiled to death. Yorkshire puds are decent and crispy and the sticky toffe pud is to die for. They even had a singer. A nice place if you're not in a hurry, service can be on the slow side as they are so busy.

The Living Room - York

Merchant Exchange, 1 Bridge Street, York, YO1 6DD
4 People, 13:30, 28 August 2011
Offer booked (via Toptable) Sunday Lunch: 2 courses £11.25

31 Castlegate Restaurant, York - Modern European food under the shadow of the imposing Clifford’s Tower

Lovely warm room and very pleasant service. The food was OK, my duck confit didn't have the crispy skin I was hoping for but it was a generous portion and my fudge brownie was dry and uninspired. The sticky toffee pudding was nice though.

31 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN